Police plead for safer driving
Levin Police are urging Horowhenua drivers to take more care on the road and report bad driving, after an unprecedented spate of accidents in the past week has torn families apart and shaken the community just before Christmas.
Four people were killed on the district’s roads in the last week.
Two people died following a crash between Foxton and Levin on Monday.
The incident involved seven people. One person died at the scene, while the other died later in hospital.
One person also died on State Highway 1 at O¯ hau around 4.50pm on Tuesday afternoon in a crash involving a car and a ute.
A separate crash just a few kilometres away at Manakau involving a car and a heavy motor vehicle killed another person in the early evening of the same day.
In both crashes on Tuesday, people were also seriously injured.
On Wednesday a crash between a car and a truck on SH1 near O¯ taki resulted in no injuries.
A further incident on Wednesday resulted in a car transporter truck carrying eight new vehicles crashing off the road at the Whirokino Bridge near Foxton.
No injuries were reported, although the road had to be closed while power was diverted and diggers retrieved all the vehicles.
Levin Police Senior Sergeant Sam Gilpin urged drivers to take responsibility for their driving and the safety of their passengers and other road users.
“Our message to all road users is clear,” he said.
“Don’t drive distracted, stay within your own lane, buckle up, watch your speed, and never drive under the influence of alcohol, drugs or fatigue.
“The actions you take as a driver don’t only impact on you but on all the road users around you, and potentially those road users’ families and friends.
“While Police are committed to reducing death and injury on our roads we cannot do it alone.”
He urged people to pull over to a safe spot if they see any dangerous driving, and call 111.
For less serious instances of poor driving, call *555.
Snr Sgt Gilpin said drivers who report dangerous driving are reminded not to use cell phones while driving .
“Using your phone while on the road could be the difference between life and death.”
A message was also released by Central Districts Police urging people to take a few minutes out of their day to think about their own driving.
“Road safety is everybody’s responsibility and your behaviour behind the wheel could change a family forever. Could you live with that?” the statement said.
Horowhenua mayor Michael Feyen said urgent safety improvements were needed on the district’s “killer” stretch of road.
“Horowhenua District Council will continue to fight for the road safety [measures] required to ensure the wellbeing of locals and those passing through our district,” he said.
“[It’s] up to NZTA and central government to get things happening as soon as possible.”
A digger drags one of the cars from the wreckage of a crash at Foxton.